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2016 LES Legislative Updates

Click here for the Louisiana Engineering Foundation's 2017 MathCounts Donation Letter and Form.

Register Now to attend the 21st Annual Gulf States Engineering Meeting at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida on June 18-20, 2017

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A Message from Senator Sharon Hewitt

I'm excited to announce the First Annual Festival de Robotique, which will showcase 250 - 300 students in grades K - 12, who participate on FIRST Robotics teams from around the state.  The majority of these teams recently qualified for the World Championships and are among the best of the best.  They will be competing in a fun competition this Thursday, May 25th, from 10am - 6pm, with the main program from 11am - 1pm.  The event will be at the Capitol Welcome Center across from the Capitol.  The event is free and open to the public. 
 
The purpose of this event is to highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the need to provide a focus on STEM in the state of Louisiana.  My STEM bill, SB225, has passed the Senate and will be heard this week in the House.  As you know, this bill creates a statewide STEM Advisory Council, creates a STEM diploma endorsement for high school graduates, and creates a fund to support STEM education.  Governors in 7 different states discussed similar efforts in their State of the State addresses this year.  My vision is to create a focus on STEM that will make Louisiana the go-to state for STEM talent. 
 
Please see the attached invitation and we encourage you to attend our event to see our amazing students in action and to learn how they can get involved in advancing STEM in Louisiana.

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LES Supports Transportation Funding Initiative

Louisiana faces critical transportation needs, including existing infrastructure maintenance and new capacity to accommodate the state’s growth. 

Business and industry groups understand that strong infrastructure networks create jobs, increases safety, and improves quality of life - but our state has fallen behind. Louisiana ranks among the bottom five states on every measure of roadway condition, costing the average driver as much as almost $2,500 per year in some areas. To make matters worse, by 2019, without an increase in revenue, Louisiana will fail to produce enough local funds to match federal dollars for transportation projects, leaving millions of federal funds on the table for other states.
 
For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, we can fix this. Legislation to increase DOTD's transparency and accountability has been paired with a gas tax increase that is sufficient to address the state's long term needs and maintain Louisiana’s economic competitiveness.

The Louisiana Engineering Society supports legislation that will improve Louisiana's development by investing in transportation.

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LES has just launched a new Affiliate Program and is inviting all Government Employees to become a member of our S ociety. Current Sponsoring Agencies at this time are the LA DOTD.

With over a century of service, LES is the only active engineering organization in the State of Louisiana that serves all disciplines and every area of practice.  LES can provide the networking helpful to any career and access to the advice of key professional leaders. LES also provides plenty of opportunities to obtain Professional Development Hours throughout the year and hosts two conferences annually. LES is YOUR VOICE on the regulation of the practice of engineering and surveying in Louisiana through its liaison with the LA Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS). The attached Flyer provides a brief summary of who we are and what we do. Additional information about LES, including Member Benefits and Membership Registration are also attached.

We hope you will consider joining. Please contact Brenda Gajan (Executive Director - 225-924-2021) if you have questions regarding membership.

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